LAKE FOREST, IL — The 76th annual NFL Draft will be conducted on April 28-30 at New York City's world-renowned Radio City Music Hall.
The NFL Draft will be aired in prime time for the second consecutive year in 2011 with slight changes to the starting times on Thursday and Saturday. The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft will start on Thursday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. CT. The second and third rounds will be held on Friday, April 29 at 5:00 p.m. CT. The activities for Saturday, April 30 are set to start at 11:00 a.m. CT, with the four remaining rounds.
The first two rounds of the draft were held on Saturday during the 2008 and 2009 seasons while the remaining five rounds were held on a Sunday.
Prior to the 2008 draft, the first three rounds of the draft were conducted on a Saturday while rounds 4-7 were conducted on Sunday.
The time allocated for each club to make its selection in Round 1 is 10 minutes. In Round 2, the time is seven minutes. Rounds 3-7 are five minutes. These times are consistent with the last three years after the times were shortened in rounds 1 (previously 15 minutes prior to 2008) and 2 (previously 10 minutes). The following is a breakdown of allotted time for each club to make a selection in each round:
Round 1 — 10 minutes for each selection.
Round 2 — 7 minutes.
Rounds 3-7 — 5 minutes.
In 2010, the first round consumed 3:28; the second round took 2:25; the third round took 1:41; the fourth round took 1:48; the fifth round took 1:42; the sixth round took 1:45; the seventh round took 1:53.
Overall the 2010 NFL Draft consumed a total of 14 hours and 42 minutes.
In its sixth year of covering the draft, NFL Network will continue its coverage all three days of the 2011 NFL Draft in their entirety. The 2011 draft marks the 32nd straight year of ESPN's coverage of the NFL Draft and the 17th consecutive year of televising every round live.
BEARS' PICKS IN THE 2011 DRAFT
Round 1 - Pick 29 / 29th overall
Round 2 - Pick 30 / 62nd overall
Round 3 - Pick 29 / 93rd overall
Round 4 - Pick 30 / 127th overall
Round 5 - Pick 29 / 160th overall
Round 6 - Pick 30 / 195th overall
Round 7 - Pick 29 – Exercised in the Supplemental Draft to select RB Harvey Unga
The 2011 NFL Draft includes seven rounds that will result in 254 players being drafted. A total of 32 compensatory choices have been awarded to 23 teams. Under terms of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in a year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks. The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. The 32 compensatory choices will supplement the 222 choices in the seven rounds of the draft. This year, the compensatory picks will be positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.
Including the 32 compensatory picks, the round-by-round breakdown is as follows:
Round 1 32
Round 2 32
Round 3 33
Round 4 34
Round 5 34
Round 6 38
Round 7 51
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